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Hanging Out at Lou’s Tasting Room


This past weekend Lou and I took advantage of a quiet afternoon to hang out at his house.  We typically spend out time in the kitchen and dinning room but this time Lou suggested we bring the wine, cheese, and charcuterie downstairs.  As I descended the cellar stairway I saw the finished and furnished tasting room for the first time.  It is now complete with leather chairs, a side tables, shelves, desk, and a computer.  There we sat leisurely drinking the wines and catching up on our recent experiences.  I thought the Lapierre could use another year of age to open up.  The Calcinaia was quite satisfying and robust enough for cold evenings.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

Lou has worked on a post detailing the construction of his cellar.  Keep an eye out for it will be published later today.

2011 Marcel Lapierre, Morgon – $26
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from 60-year-old vines on granitic gravel soils.  The whole-cluster fruit is fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for at least nine months on the fine lees in used Burgundy foudres and futs.  The color was a medium red ruby with purple hints on the rim.  The light nose was scented with red fruit and a hint of fresh pepper.  In the mouth the red fruit is light to medium in strength and integrated with citrus-like tannins and pepper notes.  There is delicate texture, a little lifted ripe strawberry in the finish, and eventually moderately spiced, macerated strawberries.  *** 2013-2016.

1998 San Fabiano Calcinaia, Cerviolo, Tuscany – $26
This wine is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vineyards at 260 meters.  It was aged for 12 months in used barriques.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The color is a medium+ garnet ruby.  The light to medium nose is Italian with lifted wood box aromas.  In the mouth this medium bodied wine has ripe, fosucsed red fruit, wood box notes, and a gritty touch to the fruit.  There are still some pleasing ripe, drying tannins.  The flavors are drying in the finish with darker fruit in the aftertaste.  Still tastes on the youthful side of maturity.  *** Now-2020.

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